Cavolo Nero Kale and Pistachios Pesto

Cavolo Nero Kale and Pistachios Pesto

Kale pistachios pesto is one of my favourite pestos. I like to make my own pestos at home, I seldom buy bottled pesto or sauces for my cooking.

This verdant, fresh and packed with flavoursĀ  kale pistachios pesto is so healthy and heavenly delicious. I use it for many things including pasta, on toasts and sometimes even on my roasted sweet potatoes.

The idea of this pesto came from a sandwich I ate in London a few years ago, the pesto had a slight crunch to it and I like that rather than a creamy pesto. I wanted to make this healthier and different so I made it with fresh kale, pistachios and pine nuts both. And because I like my food a bit on a spicer side I added a bit of a chilli paste to give some heat. It’s absolutely delicious and so easy to make. If you make this once, I promise you will never buy a store bought pesto again.

So this is how you make this pesto.


  • 120g cavolo nero kale roughly chopped
  • 30g finely chopped pistachios
  • 30g pine nuts
  • 10g garlic
  • 230ml olive oil
  • 5g red chilli paste
  • 40g grated parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste


Add all the ingredients except half of the pine nuts and olive oil in a blender or food processor. Start blitzing and add olive oil. Blend it well, add in the rest of the pistachios, mix well.

Store it in a glass jar and keep it in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

Kale Pistachios Pesto


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